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Verentwurzelheit / Transnational Habibti

Nilam Ali

Nilam Ali – Verentwurzeltheit


Borders are natural and artificial, to a certain degree always arbitrary separations in space. Borders create distance in proximity. Borders made by humans are constructs in space and in thought and frequently they are an inviolable fact.

I am asking myself: What does it mean to transcend these constructs, to undo them so that they become permeable and dissolve? How do terms of territory, nation and belongingness relate to a present transnational reality? How can one put this reality into words?

What bothers me about the term Entwurzelung (deracination – “losing your roots”) is the notion that a tree is uprooted ultimately. Maybe it was replanted, and in its roots remain lots of soil from where it has grown before. Maybe the tree learns to walk with its roots and walks and stays if it likes to.